I assume that everyone knows breastfeeding is difficult. Then again, I assume that based on hindsight, which we all know is 20/20. I'm pretty sure before I had my first child I had no idea what I was getting into. Luckily for moms who are currently struggling on the nursing front, the breastfeeding moms of Reddit share their nursing advice openly. When the internet isn't being the worst, it's honestly kind of the best.
Reddit user champ_darling sought out other nursing Redditors' for advice and support when she was starting her breastfeeding journey 12 days into her newborn's life. Not being able to start breastfeeding immediately has been said to impact the breastfeeding relationship, and it certainly did for me. I wasn't able to breastfeed my NICU baby for the first two days of my newfound mom life, and breastfeeding never really took hold for either one of us as a result.
Champ_darling shares that she couldn't nurse at the hospital due to being in the ICU herself, and now she's trying to start breastfeeding an almost 2-week-old baby who has been exclusively formula feeding up to this point. Her newborn does nothing but scream when placed at the breast and the new mama is stuck in a small town, unable to drive, with no lactation support, desperately seeking advice on how to get her baby to latch. The nursing moms of reddit had the following advice for her, and I have a feeling the same advice could be unbelievable beneficial to all breastfeeding moms, the world over: